Intern Training Camp – First Night

Last weekend, I started as an Intern for The City Church and we kicked it off by going on a camping trip. Thursday afternoon we left for Perris Lake to spend a weekend of drawing closer to God and team building. I must admit, I was nervous because I had no idea what to expect but by the end, I had an absolutely wonderful time! A weekend filled with new friendships forged and definitely lots of laughter!! There was almost 50 of us that went…so awesome! We were divided into 4 groups and our group was the Leadership group. The other groups were Discipleship, Serving, and Unity.

I loved our group and we certainly bonded pretty quickly when we were assigned to make dinner the first night for everyone. We decided to make a spaghetti dinner. (I know you are probably thinking spaghetti dinner camping??) We were told that we had burners so we thought spaghetti. We got there and quickly set up camp. After, we began to prepare dinner…the main thing was of course the burners and unfortunately the piece to connect the burners to the propane was not correct so no burners. To say the least we had a big challenge to figure out how to boil water and cook meat. But our team was determined to figure out a way. We then began to start the charcoals and create a fire on the grills. Even that was a challenge because there was A LOT of wind that kept the fire from staying lit. So we held up a beach towel to keep the wind and took turns keeping the fire going. By the grace of God and some great team work, we were able to make a really good spaghetti dinner. It only took us almost 3 hours but it was well worth the wait and hard work. Here are a few videos and picture from our experience…

And our finished product close 3 hours later…This was our last pot out of 3 pots of spaghetti…God totally multiplied the meal!

In Honor of My Beloved Sister…Kimberly

In the midst of all the busyness of today…I almost forgot the significance of today. Today would of been my sister Kimberly’s 26th birthday. Some of you may know but many may not know that I had a little sister. I also have an amazing younger brother Vincent whom I love and so proud of. However, my sister Kimberly was the youngest of the 3 of us and in my opinion, the strongest because of what she had to go through. She was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 4 and I was 10. She lost her fight to cancer and passed away 2 years later. In the 6 years of her life she showed me so much strength, perseverance and love.

I remember the night before she died and praying to God to save her and if He saved her, I would give my life to Him and follow Him. God however did not answer my prayer the way I thought He would. My sister went to be with Jesus the next day. It was not until a few months ago going over my testimony of how I made Jesus, the Lord and Savior of my life 11 years ago, that God showed me the answer to my prayer that night. He spoke to me so clearly that He did save my sister and she is with Him and that I did eventually give my life to Him and follow Him. That blew me away and humbled me so much!

Today, I want to honor her because she was a wonderful person and I believe that she made a difference with her life. Through her life and what God has done in my life, God has placed a desire in me to reach young women and see them have a relationship with Jesus!